If ever there was a missed opportunity and fertile ground for a remake, 2005’s “The Ice Harvest” is it. Director Harold Ramis seems unable to go beyond the superficialities of the narrative, allowing the story and its characters to slip further and further away.
What may have been a dark, brooding satire is reduced to a slapstick comedy, playing up the gags while ignoring some of the more poignant moments – not unlike what Mendes did to Alan Ball’s masterful script for “American Beauty.”
There remains, however, a few good scenes and bits of dialogue that make the film passable Saturday afternoon entertainment. It’s sad to think that in the hands of a more capable director, “The Ice Harvest” might have been something more than mediocre.